After 10 men Blue Tigers went down fighting against 2022 World Hosts Qatar, it's now about the forthcoming match against Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 preliminary joint round qualification round. Both India and Bangladesh had mixed results. While Bangladesh came back from behind to hold Afghanistan 1-1 and earn a point, India, despite fighting it out with 10-men against Asian champions Qatar did manage to win hearts but returned empty handed.
Brandon Fernandes states, "We are moving as a team and we need to back each other. We are aware that we have specific roles in the team."
"The next match is extremely crucial as we need to sustain the momentum gained in the first match. The first match is history," Fernandes said.
"I am very pleased with the performance against Afghanistan. The players did very well on the field, and worked extremely hard. It reflects the attitude which this team possesses, to come back from behind and get back into the game," Bangladesh coach Jamie Day mentioned.
Captain Jamal Bhuyan, also the poster boy of Bangladesh football, who had played for Mohammedan Sporting in the I-League, feels it's "going to be an intense match" when the two teams take the field on June 7.
"It will be intense with a lot of battles. It's a beautiful match to be a part of. Last time in Kolkata we were disappointed not to get the 3 points as India scored very late in the game. We have that hunger in us, and we know we can do some damage," he avers.
"The confidence in our team is good at the moment. We had our chances to win against Afghanistan. We take that confidence with us into the India game," Jamal adds.
Day, nevertheless, mentions the difference in the ranking between the two teams.
Source: NDTV Sports